In the days of the darkroom, film would be chopped into fours or sixes then lined up and used to create a contact sheet. In most cases, this served as a useful overview of the roll of film, but there are more creative possibilities. We can achieve similar results in Photoshop from a single image by making a duplicate layer for each contact sheet window to recreate the effect of an old film contact sheet.
In this age of flawless digital photography, there’s something irresistible about the retro photography and analogue Photoshop effects that hark back to the days when imperfection was all part of the charm. In this Photoshop tutorial we’ll dissect and analyse the different effects that make up this popular retro photography look.
Do you miss the days of the wet darkroom? Or rather, do you not miss that awful smell of chemicals but you long for some of effects you could create using your old traditional darkroom techniques? Here are six Photoshop effects based on traditional darkroom processes you can use to make retro-styled images
F uji Velvia film was only introduced in 1990, but with its super-saturated colours, fine-grain and sharpness it quickly changed the look of landscape and nature photography.
There were several films that could match some of these characteristics, but it soon became the film of choice for many landscape and nature photographers who wanted to give their shots maximum impact.
Here, we’ll show you how to recreate the look of this iconic film to improve a digital landscape shot.
Retro photography is all the rage at the moment. From the out-of-focus, heavily vignetted results from ‘lo-fi’ cameras such as the Holga and Lomo, to the distinctive colours and tones of much-loved vintage film, there are almost as many retro looks as there are other styles of digital photography put together. So it’s not surprising that getting to grips with retro photography can be a bit confusing.
Looking at much that passes for retro or lo-fi photography, it might seem like it’s simply a matter of snapping away and applying some Photoshop magic. Yet, as with any photographic style, you’ll get the best results if you shoot carefully and try to expose the image correctly in-camera.
Here we offer our best advice for how to get the retro photography look in-camera by applying the right camera settings and techniques to allow you to spend minimal time in Photoshop.
A great way to breathe new life (often at little cost) into your photography is to adapt old lenses to use with your digital camera. There are two main options when it comes to choosing old lenses for your digital camera – using an old manual focus lens, or modern, low-tech glass from Lensbaby, Diana or other specialists. Both solutions mean you will sacrifice some of the automatic features on your digital camera, but that’s part of the appeal.
The Osmonds, woodchip wallpaper… plenty of things from the 70s are best forgotten, but the faded look of round-cornered prints have lasting retro charm. You’ll find plenty of inspiration for this type of print if you’ve got an old photo album lying around.
The 70s retro look can put the finishing touch to any shot, but combine it with a source image taken using one of the techniques in the first part of this feature, and you will end up with
a really eye-catching result.
This Tuesday is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, celebrating 60 years of the reign of the Queen of England. So sit down and have a nice cup of tea (perhaps with a crumpet) because to celebrate this, we’ve decided to take a look at the most influential photographers to come out of Great Britain.
Three years after making its first entrance into the compact system camera arena with the PEN E-P1, Olympus has gone back to its roots again to produce the OM-D, with its retro styling owed to its analogue predecessor.
Inside the camera are an all new 16 million pixel Live MOS Four Thirds sensor and TruePic VI image processor, which Olympus says is designed to give better low light performance and higher dynamic range than previous Micro Four Thirds cameras in its line-up.
Find out inside what score it got from our testing team.
In-camera effects may be seen as a bit of a marketing gimmick by some, but the ones offered by your EOS DSLR form a powerful and creative set of tools that has the potential to save you time and improve your photography.